Haoyun Zhang

About Haoyun Zhang

I am a student doing BPPE at the ANU. My interest lies in current events in a global context. I believe that only peaceful and democratic resolutions could eliminate violence or conflicts and make the world a better place.

A Step Towards Peace: Trump Offers To Meet With Iran Without Preconditions

On Monday 30 July, United States President Donald Trump announced that he would like to meet the Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani at “any time” with “no preconditions.”  At a brief news conference at the White House, Trump said he would meet with “anybody” since he “believes in meeting.” There is […]

World Environment Day: UN Report Urges To Beat Plastic Pollution

In an action to raise awareness of environmental protection and to mark World Environment Day on the 5thof June, the UN has issued a report highlighting the grave environmental threat of plastic. The report, launched in New Delhi, acknowledged that some of the methods adopted by various countries have proved […]

Syria War: Rebels Start Evacuating Last Stronghold Near Capital

According to media linked with the Assad regime, this past Monday, civilians and rebel fighters began to leave Douma, the largest town in the Eastern Ghouta suburb, and also the last stronghold of the rebel groups near Damascus. Local activists revealed that a deal, brokered by Russia, has been struck […]

UN Delays Vote On Cease-fire Resolution After Russia Rejects Civilian Casualties Reports

A United Nations Security Council resolution to establish a month-long cease-fire in order to provide humanitarian aids in Eastern Ghouta was blocked on Friday by Russia. Representatives from Russia have rejected widespread reporting of mass civilian casualties in Syria. The Russian envoy to the UN, Vassily Nebenzia, stated during a […]

Saleh Talks Offer Signals The Right Moment To End The Yemen War

In an interview with the TV station Yemen al-Youm on this Saturday, former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh indicated that he is ready for a “new page” in a relationship with the Saudi-led coalition if the latter stops fighting in his country. As he said, “I call upon the brothers […]

Sinai Mosque Attack: A Deadly Signal Of President Sisi’s Failure Against Militants

On last Friday, the Rawdah mosque in northern Sinai, Egypt, witnessed the worst terrorist attack on innocent civilians in modern Egyptian history. According to latest statistics, the bomb and gun attack killed at least 305 people, including 27 children. A further 128 people were wounded in this horrendous atrocity. The […]

World Bank: Ending Child Marriage Would Improve West And Central African Economies

A new study by the World Bank has found out that for West and Central Africa, annual benefit from ending child marriage could be as high as $60 billion. According to lead economist for the World Bank, Quentin Wodon, child marriage could lead to more children over the parents’ lifetime, […]

Zimbabwe President Mugabe’s WHO Appointment Triggered Widespread Outrage

Recently, the WHO appointed Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador. The Director-General of the UN health agency, Tedros Ghebreyesus, asked Mugabe to help tackle non-communicable disease like heart attacks and asthma across Africa. However, this decision has attracted global criticism and outrage. Members of WHO have expressed confusion […]

Nobel Peace Laureates Says Trump Is “Igniting New Conflict” By Leaving Iran Deal

This Friday, the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate condemned the U.S. President Donald Trump for “igniting new conflict rather than reducing the risk of nuclear war.” The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) emerged as the winner of this year’s Nobel Prize, and it criticized Trump after he withheld […]

UN: Immediate Action Needed As Rohingya Crisis Intensifies

More funds and aid are needed as the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar intensifies, a new UN report warns. The report, which was published last Friday, focused on the mass exodus of innocent civilians fleeing Myanmar into the neighbouring country Bangladesh. Since recent weeks, more than half a million people have […]